CraftNOW in Philadelphia

Signature Events

Spring 2018 Fundraiser

On Friday, April 6, CraftNOW Philadelphia invites you to enjoy a progressive dinner with exclusive access to three exciting collections in Old City. Buy your tickets today!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets
November 2 – November 4, 2018

Crown by Nick Lenker whose exhibition “Recreation, The First Person” was on view at The Galleries at Moore Fall 2017. Lenker is a current Resident Artist at The Clay Studio.

CraftMONTH, November 2018

CraftNOW activates the City in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show throughout the month of November. In 2018, CraftNOW presents the theme Making a Difference to visitors as a means of discovering how craft promotes positive change, social cohesion and meaningful dialogue. More information regarding our itinerary of special events will be coming soon!

CraftNOW Kickoff and Proclamation from City Hall

Philadelphia’s Historic City Hall

In partnership with Art in City Hall and Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, a proclamation event claiming November as CraftMONTH in Philadelphia will coincide with our annual kickoff.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Preview Party

Thursday, November 1
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets

The Craft Show’s opening night gala featuring a cocktail buffet and an exclusive first look at the show.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Friday – Sunday, November 2-4
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets

This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. All work is for sale. The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is presented annually by the Women’s Committee and Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to fund conservation and publication projects and to support exhibitions and education programs.

A Well-Crafted First Friday in Old City

Friday, November 2, 5-8pm
Galleries, Retailers and Restaurants throughout Old City

CraftNOW partners invite you to explore Philadelphia’s galleries showcasing contemporary craft in all media. Special promotions will be offered by presenting your CraftNOW brochure to participating retailers and restaurants. Details will soon be announced.

Making a Difference Symposium

University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Friday, November 2, 12-8pm

Each year, CraftNOW hosts a symposium to provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. A half day of talks and moderated discussions is being planned surrounding the theme Making a Difference and is generously being hosted by The University of the Arts. Presentations will focus on the use of craft and making to promote positive change, social cohesion and meaningful dialogue in political contexts.

Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction

6th Annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts

Thursday, November 1
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The University of the Arts will award the sixth annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts at a ceremony and public lecture by the Prize winner. The Prize, which carries a $5,000 award and travel stipend, recognizes an artist whose work is conceptually daring, exemplifies technical skill and innovation, and advances the field of contemporary glass. Previous winners include Matthew Szösz, Bryan McGovern Wilson and Helen Lee.

CraftNOW Create

Saturday, November 3, 11am-4pm
The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Activities will be presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood, University of the Arts, and Wayne Art Center to name a few.

For a full listing of last year’s activities, visit https://craftnowphila.org/craftnowcreate/

Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction

Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2018

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

CraftNOW closes out November programming by highlighting the opening reception for Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2018, An International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft. Craft Forms is internationally recognized as a premiere contemporary craft exhibition – the finest works in ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass, mixed medium and 3D printing are featured, supporting the Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary crafts.